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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015

Enjoy the end of the second consecutive short work week (for some of you). Revel safely tonight. Regular everyday life returns Monday (including the new City Council's swearing-in).

WEATHER

Cold and mostly sunny, with a slight chance of serious fog tonight. Continued cold, with varying clouds and/or fog, through the weekend.

Could parts of Washington (away from city lights) see the Aurora Borealis tonight? (Cliff Mass)

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AD VERBS

Mercedes-Benz shot a commercial in Seattle back in August. In it, a car drives by, leaving glasses, windows, neon signs, and produce at a fictional roadside stand "shattered" in its wake; it's all supposed to be a metaphor for how this new model "shatters your expectations." The neighborhood where it was made: Pike/Pine, right where the local Mercedes dealership was forced out by redevelopment. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

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I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE...

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake (the biggest in this region in a decade) hit Vancouver Island late Wednesday night. No damages or injuries were reported around here, though several people said their homes swayed a bit. (GeekWire)

IN THE ZONE

If the city's "upzoning" plans take effect, say goodbye to the U District as we know it. Except for (most of) The Ave. (The Urbanist)

O GIVE ME A HOME

"The city calls the removal of tent camps 'cleanups,' but they're really just a dirty deal for homeless people." (Dr. Wes Browning in Real Change)

CRITTERS

Someone's been dropping bags of rat poison around shrubs in South Lake Union, right where dogs can eat it. (KOMO)

A dead baby orca was found off Vancouver Island on Tuesday. It might have been one of the eight babies born in the "J Pod" this year. (SeaTimes)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Would you believe, construction of new housing units in Seattle in '15 is below that of last year? And single-family home construction's up this year; but a lot of that is bigger houses replacing smaller ones. (Crosscut)

The endlessly-delayed Civic Square project, on the city-owned old Public Safety Building site downtown, is still alive, but barely. The city gave developer Triad Partners 60 days to find a successor to take over the project. (PS Biz Journal)

MOVING STORIES

The case for making Rainier Avenue more bike-safe. (KCTS via Seattle Bike Blog)

The Forest Service may officially abandon 780 miles of roads in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. (KIRO-TV) 

I HAVE THE POWER!

In Olympia you can now buy your coffee from a solar-powered roaster. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

A state initiative to endorse overturning the US Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling (allowing more massive corporate campaign contributions) looks like it will make next year's ballot. (SeaTimes)

Over 150,000 people were overcharged for I-405's automated tolls. (KOMO)

TODAY IN TOTALLY UNNEEDED STUFF

A Kenmore company's making hand-crafted sabers, specifically intended for use in opening Champagne bottles. (KING)

LABOR PANES

I've had things to say about sex work and sex workers in the past. But this time I'll let a street worker on Aurora tell her own story. It's as sad and poignant as you'd expect it to be. (KUOW)

Are things rally better for (non-techie) workers in Tacoma than Seattle? (Jon Talton)

THE RACE IS ON

Leija Farr, Seattle's first "Youth Poet Laureate," has a message to "black boys who don't know… You are beautiful." (KUOW)

ECO

The Dept. of Ecology fined a Pierce County developer $34,000 for polluting the White River and failing to clean it up. (KING)

A former Coast Guard vice admiral sez more must be done to protect the Aleutian Islands from the effects of shipping. (SeaTimes oped)

SPORTS

The Seahawks (still sans Marshawn Lynch) end their regular season Sunday at Arizona.

UW men's basketball starts conference play at home, vs. UCLA Friday and USC Sunday.

UW women's basketball at Colorado Saturday.

Gonzaga at Santa Clara tonight and San Francisco Saturday.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S EVE?

Three Crowns New Year's Eve Ball, with the Moonspinners, Spyrographs/ABBAgraphs, Ukadelics, DJ Joey Webb, food trucks, more. (Swedish Cultural Center)

Winterfest/New Year's at the Needle. (Seattle Center)

Shabazz Palaces. (Neptune)

La Luz (about to move to L.A.), Gazebos, Sick Sad World. (Neumos)

Amy Schumer. (KeyArena)

Moisture Festival New Year's Extravaganza. (Hale's Palladium)

"Spectra: New Year's Under the Arches," with KEXP DJs, science demonstrations, food and drink. (Pacific Science Center)

Fabulous Downey Brothers, Passion Party. (Substation)

"The Room in 3D," Tommy Wiseau's legendary "bad" film. (Central Cinema)

Greg Wilson. (Comedy Underground)

"Moulin Rouge!" singalong. (SIFF Uptown)

"The Rolling Stones," Great Spiders, SSDD. (Sunset)

DUG, Emerald City Soul Club. (Lo-Fi)

The Dip, Tomten, DJ Nitty Gritty. (Tractor)

"Above the Fray" with Adra Boo (Fly Moon Royalty), pianist Amos Miller. (Cloud Room)

Resolution 2016, EDM dance party with Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz, more. (WaMu Theater)

Benny Benassi, Troy Crowder, Rion, Mantaray. (Foundation)

Beegzy, Pinky Promise, Tyler Brown, Chris Tower, Cuff Lynx. (Kremwerk)

NYE Snap! '90s Dance Party, with Trashy Trash DJs. (Crocodile)

Staxx Brothers, Ayo Dot and the Uppercuts, Northern Shakedown. (Sunset)

Dudley Manlove Quartet. (Triple Door)

Bollywood New Year's Eve. (Showbox)

Dusty 45s, Black Crabs, Rainieros, Banzai Surf. (Slim's Last Chance)

Marmalade. (Seamonster)

Xtreme Theatersports New Year's Party. (Market Theatre)

Action for Tamir Rice/Aiyana Stanley-Jones. (SCCC)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven. (Crocodile, Fri)

Bad Wig and Ugly Tracksuit Walk. (Green Lake wading pool, noon Fri)

Polar Bear Plunge. (Golden Gardens, Fri) 

"Omegathon" vintage video-game tournament. (GameWorks, Fri)

1080p Records presents D. Tiffany, Bobby Draino, Friendly Chemist. (Kremwerk, Fri)

Spin the Bottle cabaret. (Annex Theatre, Fri)

The Paperboys. (Tractor, Fri)

Pearl Django, Gail Pettis. (Jazz Alley, Sat)

Sweet Lou's Sour Mash, Pickled Okra. (Cafe Racer, Sat)

Pocket Panda, Tinfoil and Tape, Senor Fin. (Columbia City Theater, Sat)

Robin Holcomb, Zony Mash With Horns. (Royal Room, Sat)

Trip Like Animals, Nestoria, Tokyoidaho, Coyote. (Sunset, Sat)

The Gears, Chemicals, Zealandia, the Dumps. (El Corazon, Sat)

Industrial Revelation, Breaks & Swells. (Neumos, Sat)

Actor-comedian T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley"). (Crocodile, Sat)

Opening of "JRB Fest," concert series tribute to musical-theater composer Jason Robert Brown. (Pocket Theater, Sat thru Jan. 10)

Mother Crone, Disenchanter, Teepee Creeper. (Victory Lounge, Sat)

The Westerlies. (Royal Room, Sun)

"Memento Mori," "an evening of metaphysical musings on madness and immortality." (Spooked in Seattle Museum, Sun)

Backstreet Bazaar street festival with music, art, food. (Hillman City Collaboratory, Sun)

"Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery." (Annex Theatre, Sun)

Seattle Playwrights' Circle presents staged readings of new works. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sun)

Eagle Teeth, Pizza Pulpit, Horace Pickett. (Crocodile, Sun, free)

INSIDE

As we head toward the Sweet '16, I must thank all of you for keeping this venture at least promising.

Unless there's big breaking news, there won't be a MISCmedia MAIL Friday. But we will have our splendiforous MISCmedia In/Out List on the main site. Look for it. We'll see you on the other side of the ol' calendar.

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